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"There's no water to grow my crops," he said, gesturing towards a field of corn stalks.
"Because of the drought, my plants won't grow. I put in a well with a pump, but with the drought I can't even get any water from that."
The local river - once a torrent - has dried up. It's now a landfill where local women sift through piles of waste plastic.
But, unbelievably, water is being diverted from this area to Beijing.
And people in my topic think I'm just suffering sour grapes when I say the athletes have probably been told win or die.
Originally posted by haidian
and check this out
Chinese most contented people in the world
chinese people gave this government a very high approval rate ,with the fast development of the economy and increase of wealth ,stable social enviornment and peaceful life,the result is very obvious.
But the U.S. Olympic Committee's top officials concede there's no realistic hope to win the gold medal count. With more than 80% of the medals awarded, the USA is second with 29 golds, and Britain is a distant third, with 17.
USOC CEO Jim Scherr says he knew the Chinese would have a significant impact on the medals race but admiringly adds, "The magnitude of the improvement has been a little bit of a surprise." "They've broken through in some sports that we thought it would be very hard for them to win medals in," Scherr says. For any American fan who is disturbed that the USA will fail to reap the most golds at a Summer Olympics for the first time since 1992, there's a ready-made excuse.
The defeat is occurring primarily because China is overwhelmingly superior in four sports that are considered relatively minor in the USA: badminton, diving, weightlifting and table tennis. In those sports, China holds a whopping 20-0 advantage in golds through Thursday's competitions.
That provides no solace, however, for USOC chairman Peter Ueberroth. "We better learn how to develop real teams in ping-pong and badminton and some other sports where they dominate," Ueberroth says. Ueberroth played a role in China's Olympic development when he was president of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics Organizing Committee. Ueberroth helped persuade the Chinese to field their first Olympic team, rather than join a Soviet Union-led boycott of the Los Angeles Games.
Training pays off
Putting China's rapid rise in perspective, Ueberroth references the silver and bronze medals China won in women's beach volleyball Thursday and says, "They didn't know what the sport was 10 years ago."
Ueberroth adds that it's not just the USA that's losing ground to the Chinese: "They're taking it out of the hides of the rest of the world."
That's particularly true in men's gymnastics, in which China won one gold in Athens in 2004 but won eight in Beijing between the artistic and trampoline competitions.
"In 10 years, we have achieved what European and North American countries worked on for 40 to 50 years," boasts Hu Xinggang, coach of trampoline gold medalist Lu Chunlong.
But Ueberroth contends that overall the Beijing Olympics have changed the stereotype of Chinese athletes being burdened and pressure-driven. "The thing I think you can see in the faces of Chinese athletes is they're having fun out there," Ueberroth says.
Ueberroth is concerned there could be a wide medals gap by the time of the 2012 Olympics in London, where he expects China to be the first nation to qualify athletes in every sport.
"By the time of the London Games, there will be nothing uncontested" by the Chinese, Ueberroth says. "It's not just us; the rest of the Olympic movement needs to salute them."
Originally posted by Krieger
I like how someone from China thinks they know what's really going on. Your media is so controlled and censored I'm surprised you're even allowed on here. You better hurry and say Chairman Mao is God in every post or they'll get you. Seriously, in China not worshipping Mao will get you tortured. Hell, hitting on the daughter of the secretary to the current chairman can get you tortured. They don't exactly have laws like America, England, so forth have. They can just arrest you, torture you, kill you, and not even tell your family they arrested you.
But yeah, you know better then people who don't have guns pointed at their head being forced to report whatever the CHinese Government wants reported.